Great review for The Tango Saloon ‘Suspicion’

SuspicionThe Tango Saloon ‘Suspicion’ (4 stars)

review by John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

The cover sets up expectations of the western variant of film noir and the music delivers. On this fourth Tango Saloon album Julian Curwin’s tongue lolls in and out of his composer’s cheek, so any line between pastiche and staggeringly imaginative music fades as fast as smoke from a gun barrel.

The original ingredients of tango and cowboy music still mingle, only with the latter now more dominant. The big change is that half the pieces are songs, with Elana Stone providing vocals that carry echoes of the casual detachment of a ’60s ingenue. Sometimes it seems a more knowing approach may have better served the songs than this Euro-pop blitheness, but Curwin loves to layer his musical elements; to create enigmas that disguise glimpses of humour in wisps of sadness.

As ever his own guitar playing nonchalantly explores the gamut of the instrument’s capabilities (but always in the service of his exceptional compositions), and the supporting cast includes a who’s who of Sydney’s finest creative musicians. They play the Django Bar on April 16.

Update: another great review appeared in The Brag last week, check it out.

The Tango Saloon ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ video

Big thanks to The Music for premiering the new video by The Tango Saloon:

http://themusic.com.au/video/all/2015/02/26/premiere-the-tango-saloon-dont-close-your-eyes/

‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ is the second single and video from The Tango Saloon’s forthcoming fourth album Suspicion (to be launched March 12 at The Basement, Sydney). Directed by Julian Shaw (also responsible for the band’s first video ‘In Black And White‘), the video also features Shaw acting alongside vocalist Elana Stone.

Don't Close Your Eyes

The Tango Saloon ‘Suspicion’ sneak preview

It’s been a long time coming, but we can finally share a little preview of The Tango Saloon’s new album ‘Suspicion’ (featuring Elana Stone). Announcement of release/launch dates coming soon, but for the moment we hope you enjoy what you hear!

Listen here

Suspicion

Umlaut ‘To Your Poverty Quietly Go’

Romero Records is very excited to announce the forthcoming release of ‘To Your Poverty Quietly Go’, the second album by Umlaut, brainchild of Bär McKinnon (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3). Swinging from meticulous chamber-pop majesty to unapologetic 4-track romps, the album plays like a twisted film score, with lush orchestrations, elegiac meditations and crushing bursts of gleeful irreverence. Have a listen.

Officially released August 29.

The Mango Balloon Volume 3 Review

The Mango Balloon, Volume 3 has received an exceptionally good review from John Shand in the weekend’s Spectrum (Sydney Morning Herald). 4 and a half stars, and much great praise for all involved! The band (including guest Shenzo Gregorio) plays tonight for Jazzgroove at Foundry 616 in Ultimo. Read the review here.

The Mango Balloon, Volume 3

The Tango Saloon ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’

Romero Records is very happy to announce the brand new single for The Tango Saloon, ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ featuring vocalist Elana Stone. This is the second single to be released ahead of the band’s forthcoming fourth album, following on from last year’s ‘In Black And White’ (and its stunning video clip directed by Julian Shaw).

The official launch is June 5 at Venue 505 (280 Cleveland St Surry Hills), featuring Elana Stone, and supported by the inimitable gypsy punk trio Mr Bamboo. Book tickets.

Don't Close Your Eyes

New Mango Balloon, sneak preview

We’ve just put up the info page for ‘The Mango Balloon: Volume 3′, including a sneak preview featuring snippets from a few tracks. Check it out here.

The album is officially launched March 19th at Venue 505.

Balloon Man

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